• Burma’s human rights situation remains poor despite some noteworthy actions by the government toward reform. In April 2012, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party swept nearly all the seats contested in a parliamentary by-election, but a large majority of seats in Burma’s lower house are controlled by the government party and the military. The Burmese government released several hundred prisoners since 2011, although a small number remain behind bars, and an roughly a couple hundred face charges. While some laws have been amended, repressive laws remain. The army targeted civilians in armed conflict with the Kachin minority group. After violence erupted between Arakanese Buddhists and the long-persecuted Rohingya Muslims, state security forces took part in abuses against the Rohingya.

  • People participate in a ceremony calling for the amendment of the 2008 Constitution by signing a petition seeking constitutional changes – in Yangon on May 27, 2014.

    Burma’s electoral commission should immediately cease threatening and intimidating the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) party, Human Rights Watch said. The electoral commission should also drop proposals that would set limits on future election campaigning, and President Thein Sein and the Burmese government should publicly reject such proposals.

Reports

Burma

  • Jun 29, 2014
    Myanmar movie theatres crackle while the audience munches on sunflower seeds, a human soundtrack I heard all of last week as a jury member for Yangon’s Human Rights, Human Dignity International Film Festival.
  • Jun 26, 2014
  • Jun 18, 2014
  • Jun 4, 2014

    Burma’s electoral commission should immediately cease threatening and intimidating the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) party, Human Rights Watch said. The electoral commission should also drop proposals that would set limits on future election campaigning, and President Thein Sein and the Burmese government should publicly reject such proposals.

  • May 29, 2014
    Burma’s parliament should scrap a proposed religion law that would encourage further repression and violence against Muslims and other religious minorities.
  • May 3, 2014
    Since December 2013, Burmese authorities have arrested and charged several journalists on apparently politically motivated prosecutions under criminal trespass, defamation, peaceful assembly, and other laws.
  • Apr 24, 2014
  • Apr 22, 2014
    Human Rights Watch mourns the passing of U Win Tin, one of Burma’s most prominent human rights activists and journalists.
  • Mar 28, 2014
    Burma’s national government should postpone the planned nationwide census to prevent growing communal violence and attacks on the aid community, Human Rights Watch said today. At greatest risk are vulnerable Muslim communities and aid workers from international organizations.
  • Mar 24, 2014
    Burmese President U Thein Sein and National Assembly Speaker U Thura Shwe Mann should reject proposals for discriminatory marriage legislation that would strip Buddhist women of the right to freely choose whom they marry.